I have read several articles that say Sarah Palin is a populist. That is such BS. I’ll certainly grant that Sarah Palin is folksy and clever about picking up some local interest (like about the sports team) to make it seem like she is just like her audience. But a populist she is not.
Of all the people in American politics, I tend to think that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the most naturally in tune with the interests of everyday Americans. He is unique in American politics: a “democratic socialist” and the longest-serving independent Senator in U.S. History. He is an absolutely passionate defender of the interests of the people and an unapologetic critic of those who promote the interests of corporations and the wealthy. Here is his Senate website and the Wiki entry about him. Here is a video showing vintage Bernie speaking on the economy, how much income goes to the top .1-1% of Americans, and what he describes as the war on the American people.
(Writing about Bernie Sanders reminds me of Kathleen’s post on Tony Benn; I think they are cut from the same cloth.)
Bernie is also a prolific tweeter, and has turned Twitter into an art form for getting out key information about the economy, the deficit, spending cuts and taxes. I thought it would be interesting to put them all in one place, so here are some of his recent tweets; enjoy!
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77% of Americans believe it’s unacceptable to cut funding for K-12 education to significantly reduce the deficit. #SharedSacrifice
A @WSJ poll said 81% of Americans believe it’s acceptable to impose a surtax on millionaires to reduce the deficit.
68% of Americans believe it’s acceptable to phase out the Bush tax cuts for families earning over $250k a year. #SharedSacrifice
Large corporations and the super wealthy are avoiding $100 billion in taxes each year using offshore tax shelters. #SharedSacrifice
Hedge fund managers who made a billion dollars last year now pay a lower effective tax rate than many firefighters. #SharedSacrifice
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that since March there are 545000 more unemployed Americans raising the total to 4.1 million.
Over the past quarter century, four-fifths of the income gains accrued to the top 1 percent of individuals. #SharedSacrifice
Social Security recipients have not received a cost-of-living-adjustment in 2 years.
Social Security has a $2.6 trillion surplus and hasn’t contributed 1 cent to our deficit.
20% of all income earned in the United States is earned by the top 1% of individuals. #SharedSacrifice
Over the past 10 years, the median family income has declined by more than $2,500. #SharedSacrifice
Corporate tax revenue in 2010 was 27% smaller than 2000, even though corporate profits are up 60% over the last decade. #SharedSacrifice
Hedge fund managers who made a billion dollars last year now pay a lower effective tax rate than many teachers. #SharedSacrifice
Must Read: We Knew They Got Raises. But This? -Pradnya Joshihttp://ow.ly/5y3cT
Since 2000, 5.6 million manufacturing jobs have been lost in America. Sign Bernie’s letter to the president. http://ow.ly/5uLtg
The percentage of income going to the top 1 percent has nearly tripled since the 1970s. http://ow.ly/5ulwF
Ford’s federal income tax rate was just 2.3 percent in 2009 even though it made $3 billion in profits. sanders.senate.gov/petition/?uid=…
Slashing Medicaid could cost America more than 2 million private-sector jobs over the next 5 years. http://ow.ly/5tVoh
The Republican plan could force 1 million seniors to pay over $110 million more for annual wellness visits in 2012. ow.ly/5tOzf
In 2008, Goldman Sachs only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion. http://ow.ly/5tijE
Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year, even though it made $10 billion in profits in 2009. http://ow.ly/5ti69
Corporate tax revenue in 2010 was 27% smaller than 2000, even though corporate profits are up 60% over last 10 years.http://ow.ly/5thnt
Please RT: The Millions and the Millionaires:http://sanders.senate.gov/
Politics in 2011: Vermont Socialists feel the need to put forward pragmatic plans, the leadership of the GOP doesn’t.wapo.st/kLiPWo